"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down" -- Oprah Winfrey
In our busy lives, we often ignore things which we consider petty but are important to our loved ones.
Sometimes, their habits and their needs could even be annoying when we are drowned in work.
A phone call from a friend may be regarded as disturbance.
We even get upset that they have to call at that very moment.
We forget how important other people are to us and we to them.
“It is a blessing when someone calls us…the more calls, the more blessings we get,” says a friend.
To be really happy, we need others. Being alone has its advantages but not all the time.
Our lives would only be enriched if we can interact with others.
In this inter-connected world, ‘smart partnership’ is a key word.
It is about governments, organisations and people working together for long-term mutual gains so that collectively they help bring about global harmony and co-operative prosperity.
It entails the sharing of experiences and wisdom, adopting a “prosper-thy-neighbour” philosophy and guided by universal value, trust and understanding of one another.
It was in this spirit of 'smart partnership' that a group of officers from the International Division of the Information Communication and Culture Ministry visited the NAM News Network (NNN) this morning to explore areas of collaboration.
The division runs the South-South Information Gateway (SSIG) –- a depository and information exchange centre for countries in the South.
It provides broadcast materials, printed materials, news exchange and organizes seminars and roundtable conferences.
It was set-up following the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) held in July 1999 to promote “smart partnership” among the South countries.
The SSIG portal www.ssig.gov.my currently registers 615,000 hits a month.